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Evansville resident Rhonda "Janie" Dover finds healing powers at

Evansville resident Rhonda

Topher Edmondson, RN, WCC, Clinical Manager, Advanced Wound Healing Center, explained, “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a state-of-the-art method for treating chronic non-healing wounds, which involves breathing 100% oxygen concentrated five times higher than normal air we breathe in a sealed chamber. The chamber is pressurized to create two to three times normal atmospheric pressure.

“Exposing a patient to these changes by immersing them in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber can improve blood circulation and the blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to the body.”

Dover first came to the Center in February 2016 for treatment after having surgery following a cancer diagnosis. She had a hysterectomy along with removal of lymph nodes. When the incision wasn’t healing, her doctor referred her to the Advanced Wound Healing Center at Methodist Health.

Dover spent two hours at a time, Monday through Friday, for six weeks, in the hyperbaric chamber, in order to speed healing of the surgical area. “I’d get in there and go to sleep,” she said with a laugh. “My husband, Ed, and I were thrilled that it was such a success!”

Following a series of radiation treatments, she returned to “take a dive” into the glass tube again for a period of four weeks. “Skin and underlying tissue that has become damaged as a result of radiotherapy can benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy,” Edmondson explained, “and it proved very helpful to Mrs. Dover. It requires a commitment from both the patient and family member, but the results are worth it.”

The use of hyperbaric oxygen has expanded from treating “the bends” in scuba divers. Other than the indications for treatment following surgery or radiotherapy, the hyperbaric oxygen chambers at Methodist Health’s Advanced Wound Healing Center are most often used to aid in healing diabetic ulcers that have failed other more conservative treatment methods.

The Advanced Wound Healing Center at Methodist Health is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 800 Centers and was recognized nationally with the Center of Distinction award for clinical excellence in 2016. In addition to hyperbaric therapy, treatments offered include negative pressure wound therapy, debridement, application of cellular-based tissue or skin substitutes to the wound and offloading or total contact casts.

For more information, call the Advanced Wound Healing Center at 270-631-2399 or visit www.methodisthospital.net/woundcare.

PHOTO CAPTION: Rhonda “Janie” Dover poses in the Advanced Wound Healing Center, next to one of two hyperbaric chambers at Methodist Health’s Henderson County Campus.